Family YMCA of Black Hawk County
Stay With Us - We are #CedarValleyStrong
Wishing you a strong, healthy, spirit-filled week

Thank you for being an integral support to our community through the work we are doing at the Y. As we reflect on the many blessings we've seen the last three weeks, our prayer is that you feel connected to a strong and innovative community. We have learned that each day will bring new challenges and opportunities, and we are grateful to have our members and community stand with us.
Our work remains essential to the community
Meet Amyah:

She and her brother are part of our YMCA emergency child care while their mom works as a CNA at a local nursing home providing care for our most vulnerable population in the Cedar Valley. We are so grateful to be able to serve families like Amyah's during this difficult time where care for children is essential to keep front line workers available.

You can find more information regarding our emergency childcare at https://www.blackhawkymca.org/covidycare/.
Planning our future- the community will need us even more

We predict that our services will expand even more to meet deepened community needs:  students who risk falling further behind in school … parents who need childcare to return to work … teens hungry for positive role models and opportunities to develop their potential … seniors for whom social connections are vital to good health … families looking for safe, supportive places where they can be together and heal physically, mentally and emotionally … When life begins to return to normal, the community will once again turn to the Y for help. We must be ready to answer the call.

We need you, because our resilience is a reflection of our community. We are here for good. 
With kindness and great hope,
Angela Widner
Chief Executive Officer
Family YMCA of Black Hawk County


Check out this video from our Y Board Chair, Mike Brocka, about the critical need for your community support.

How can we help you?

We know that this time is difficult and we would like to be there for you. If you have specific needs or would like to pick up children or senior food bags for the week, please fill out the survey.
(Click the pink button to fill out our
COVID-19 YMCA Community Assistance survey)
It is our pleasure to serve you! Thank you to the Northeast Iowa Food bank for choosing the Y as a distribution center. Please fill out the survey for more information.
YMCA Facility and Grounds Usage
To be respectful of local and state officials, to promote healthy living through social distancing and the "stay safe, stay home" initiative, we ask you to please refrain from gathering on YMCA property (parking lots and grounds included). We want you, the heart of our organization, to practice safety and social responsibility as we navigate the difficult days ahead. Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions, please contact info@blackhawkymca.org.

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4/2/2020 COVID-19 Press Briefing

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Healthy Living: Be Well, Stay active

Do you have an underlying medical condition and concerns about COVID-19? Watch this video and here are some important tips:

  • Your self-management of your disease is the best way to keep yourself healthy (blood sugar regulation for individuals with diabetes and regular blood pressure tracking for individuals with hypertension can help your immunity respond system better navigate illness)
  • Nutrition matters! Make sure you're spending time preparing and consuming balanced meals
  • Schedules count: Keep yourself on a healthy daily schedule for better wellness benefits
Questions? Email us at: wellness@blackhawkymca.org
Virtual Exercise Classes to Keep You Active:
Keep moving at home with no equipment. There are classes for every fitness level through Y360 !
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You can stream FREE for 2 months, season 1 of Les Mills On-Demand:
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